Turbo could be the sweetest surprise of the summer

Every once in a while, there's an animated film that has a totally bizarre premise, which should not work at all. And yet, the result is actually kind of great. Gnomeo and Juliet was one such movie, and so is Turbo, the story of a snail that wants to be a race car. Turbo could be the summer's most pleasant surprise. » 7/18/13 8:14am 7/18/13 8:14am

Driving The World's Only Official Street Legal Speed Racer Mach 5

As a commercial photographer and filmmaker I'm often invited to shoot some interesting cars. But few have been as personally exciting as a street legal, working replica of one of every kid-of-a-certain-era's fantasy car: the Mach 5. And when I say working I mean it has two giant saw blades coming out of the front. » 12/13/12 2:00pm 12/13/12 2:00pm

Speed Racer Sucked, Took In Less Than $20 Million On Opening Weekend

So we hear Speed Racer kind of sucked, which despite our fervent wishes otherwise, we kind of guessed after watching those damned trailers. In fact, depending on which studio numbers you used, came in either in 2nd place or 3rd place this past weekend, behind the juggernaut that is Iron Man and the silly romantic… » 5/12/08 7:40am 5/12/08 7:40am

Full Speed Racer Preview Blows Minds, Bends Physics

The final preview for the live-action Speed Racer movie is out trailer-style, and after watching it, we're pretty sure we know what the acting process for this looked like. It was hours and hours sitting in front of a green screen making "vroom-vroom" sounds and acting surprised and/or determined. The tripping balls » 4/18/08 10:00am 4/18/08 10:00am

New Speed Racer Trailer Shows Regenerating Tires And Speed As A Kid

Here we have the latest trailer for the live-action Speed Racer movie. It drops some backstory and provides our first insight into what made Speed Racer a demon on wheels. We're still not that impressed by the Wachowski brothers' extravaganza, based on these early looks. However, there's definitely some kinda cool… » 3/13/08 1:45pm 3/13/08 1:45pm

Speed Racer Goes International In New Trailers For the Non-'Merican Scene

So crap about the Wachowski Bros. new proto-anime-animation colored in Superman ice cream notwithstanding, the two new trailers revealed this weekend for Speed Racer are finally giving us auto-lovers a real live Racergasm. Some of the new driving sequences, although fantastically fantastic n' fake looking, are even… » 3/09/08 5:44pm 3/09/08 5:44pm

Speed Racer Lego Sets Hit Store Shelves In April, We Like The Real Mach 5 Better

Looks like the licensing for the upcoming Speed Racer movie is beginning with earnest but after seeing the trailer for the movie, we're generally "meh" on this whole thing. But Warner Brothers isn't letting our lack of enthusiasm stop them from moving ahead at full speed. They've just announced that Lego'll be… » 1/30/08 10:45am 1/30/08 10:45am

Detroit Auto Show: Speed Racer Coming to Detroit

Prepare to trip balls in real life Sunday because the Mach 5 from the upcoming Speed Racer movie will be making an appearance at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. We'll be getting up close and personal with it during the press days but the public will be allowed to ogle the 5,000 horsepower, ultimate race car starting on… » 1/11/08 9:30am 1/11/08 9:30am

Speed Racer Trailer, Prepare to Trip Balls in Higher Definition

While the trailer for the new Speed Racer movie above certainly isn't in high-def, it's at least of a higher quality than what we and other sites have tried to peddle as "teh sweet." As we're sure you're already aware, it's been more like "teh suck." But at least this time you'll actually be able to tell the… » 12/18/07 12:15am 12/18/07 12:15am

The Speed Racer Trailer: Prepare to Trip Balls

Yesterday we were the first to bring you photos of Speed Racer, and now we're bringing you the trailer. We're going to hold off on making too many claims about this movie until we see it, but the trailer above kind of confirms what the film geeks over at CHUD have been saying about this movie actually being Peyote… » 12/07/07 12:01am 12/07/07 12:01am

Jalopnik Holiday Gift Guide: Speed Racer Season 1 DVD

Known as Mach Go Go Go in Japan, Speed Racer holds a special place in our hearts from when they replayed the show on MTV (we'll see about the Speed Racer) film. It was a great introduction to the world of auto racing (though, it sort of skewed our view of it for a time). Some may think the show cheesy, but the show… » 12/06/07 1:45pm 12/06/07 1:45pm

First Pictures From Speed Racer Movie

[*UPDATE* If you're getting to this post we've got the Speed Racer Trailer, and you should watch it. That is all.] Whatever your opinions of the Wachowski Brothers, it's hard to stop your heart rate from speeding up a little when you see the photos from the new Speed Racer film. The men behind The Matrix have decided… » 12/06/07 12:15pm 12/06/07 12:15pm

Chim-Chim Beaten After Biting Speed, Says PETA

Did Chim-Chim get a beat-down? That's the allegation PETA put to "Speed Racer" producer Joel Silver in a letter recently. According to the missive — publicized by MSNBC gossip columnist Jeanette Walls — PETA received complains the chimpanzee actor portraying Chim was beaten after biting an actor. A response from… » 7/02/07 10:15am 7/02/07 10:15am

Speed Racer To Get Sweet-Ass Mach 5 For Live-Action Movie

Looks like Speed Racer's dad went all out this time, as the Pops Racer-built Mach 5 looks like it's all ready to rumble for the live-action movie directed by the Wachowski bros we've heard will debut in May of next year. As a fan of the show, I've got to say this open-cockpit racer looks exactly how I'd expect it to… » 6/01/07 3:15pm 6/01/07 3:15pm

Cosplay Time: Be a Demon on Wheels in Your Own Mach 5

Peter Fernandez, largely responsible for the American transformation of a moderately successful Japanese cartoon called Mach Go Go Go into a massive hit on these shores, had a full-size version of Speed Racer's legendary Mach 5 built a few years back, and now he's offering replicas to the public. The cars feature… » 7/27/05 11:04am 7/27/05 11:04am